India v England 3rd Test tips: England to fight back and share spoils in Mohali
Sam Barnard | 28 November 2016
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India v England 3rd Test tips
India have, as expected by many, taken the lead in the Test series with England after their 246-run triumph last time out in Visakhapatnam to go 1-0 up, but expect a few changes for the third match in Punjab.
For England, Jos Buttler is expected to come in for the ineffective Ben Duckett, while seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns to the squad from injury and Parthiv Patel is set to replace wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for India.
Read on to check out Coral’s India v England 3rd Test tips…
India v England draw odds
Unfortunately for the tourists, they have never beaten India in three Tests at this ground, though they did draw last time out in 2008 thanks to Kevin Pietersen’s 144 in the first innings.
England also managed to share the spoils in the opening Test of the current series, and so will be determined to make amends. Odds of 7/2 say they’ll draw once again.
Virat Kohli to be top India batsman
Alastair Cook and co will be pleased that Gautam Gambhir has been dropped, as the opener hit a whopping 179 and 97 here last time out, but they have in-form skipper Kohli.
The 28-year-old, ranked number four in the Test batting rankings, smashed 167 in the second Test, and so is 9/4 favourite to get the most runs again in the first innings for the hosts.
If you fancy him in that market, as well as the Men in Blue to triumph, you can back Kohli at a more enticing 9/2 in an enhanced wincast.
Alastair Cook to be top England batsman
From one captain to another, Cook has been one of England’s best batsmen this series so far, and he certainly likes the pitches of India, having hit five centuries there before.
He hit a 50 in the first innings in the second Test, after his 30th hundred in the opening match, so is 3/1 to top score for the tourists in the first innings in Mohali.
Adil Rashid to be top England bowler
Arguably England’s top performer, though, has been Rashid, who has taken 13 wickets so far in his four innings in India.
He seems to be getting better and better now that he’s the main spinner, and so is 5/2 favourite to be best bowler in the first innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin to be top India bowler
To finish off, his odds may not be the most enticing at 5/4 to be top India bowler in the first innings, but the superstar spinner is a near dead cert for this bet to come off.
The off-breaker took a five-for in the opening innings last time out, and is in such great form.
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